"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists
This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to write a
description of the morphology and syntax of one of the world's many
underdocumented languages. It offers readers who work through it one
possible outline for a grammatical description, with many questions
designed to help them address the key topics. Appendices offer guidance on
text and elicited data, and on sample reference grammars that readers might
wish to consult. This will be a valuable resource to anyone engaged in